© Patrick Lilley (Photo ID #6761)
Perennial herb from a deep taproot and woody stem-base; stems ascending, few to several, densely glandular and sparsely long-hairy, 0.2-1.0 m tall.
Basal leaves long-stalked, the blades mostly triangular, 10-50 cm long, 10-20 cm wide, green, inconspicuously stiff-hairy and often glandular, prominently nerved, round-toothed; stem leaves few, lanceolate to linear, greatly reduced.
Heads with ray and disk flowers, 1-4, the disk 2.5 cm or more, the lateral heads smaller; involucral bracts lanceolate to oblong-lanceolate, slightly woolly, the outer ones 1-4 cm long and herbaceous, exceeding the inner ones; ray flowers 13 or 21 in a terminal head, yellow, 2-3 cm long; disk flowers 5-7 mm long, yellow.
Achenes glabrous, 7-8 mm long; pappus lacking.
If more than one illustration is available for a species (e.g., separate illustrations were provided for two subspecies) then links to the separate images will be provided below. Note that individual subspecies or varietal illustrations are not always available.
Illustration Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia
In British Columbia there are no look-alikes. A related species, Balsamorhiza sagittata, is restricted to the BC mainland east of the Coast Mountains / Cascades chain.
Source: British Columbia Conservation Data Centre